An interesting "overheard" conversation…
I was talking with a pastor the other day about one of his worship leaders who has a hard time leaving old songs behind (as in "Shine, Jesus, Shine"). Apparently there are a few songs from the 80s that the worship leader still finds quite moving. Unfortunately, the pastor and many young members of the congregation don't share his enthusiasm.
Our conversation led me to think of a few questions that might be asked in this situation:
Is it wrong to retire old songs?
Here are a few thoughts on this topic. Hope they're helpful.
1. Most corporate worship songs won't pass the "time test." That's okay.
2. Music can hinder or help the impact of truth on our hearts.
3. A song should be retired when the musical setting no longer inspires faith to sing the lyrics.
4. A song should be retired when there are better or just different songs you want to introduce.
5. Music leaders are called to submit their musical preferences to their pastor and congregation.
6. Retired songs should be brought back based on their their lyrical, not sentimental, value.
More could be said, I'm sure. What about you? How have you handled retiring songs?